October Sisters in Crime Meeting – Tucson Chapter

October Craft Speaker: JoAnn Bassett: Six Ways to Pump Up Your Setting

Setting is sometimes an undervalued component in mystery. We get so excited about our characters, plots, sub-plots and red herrings that we often forget that readers read to escape—to spend time somewhere other than their own zip code. In the fourth “W” (“Where?”) we’ll look at six key ways to `juice up’ your setting. To make it more genuine, more compelling, more unforgettable. We’ll look at ways to not only make readers love the book they’re reading (yours!) but to make them want to come back again and again to the place you’ve created for them (your entire series!). This presentation focuses on series mysteries, but the setting suggestions are also helpful for stand-alone mysteries. 

JoAnn Bassett was born and raised in Seattle, but always preferred palm trees to pine trees. She wrote firefighter training videos for a living but dreamed of “making stuff up” once she put the working life behind her. In 1998, she and her husband bought a home on Maui. Best day ever. She loved living on the beach but her husband longed to get back to “normal life” so they moved to Southern Arizona. Now JoAnn writes about life in the islands as a way to stay connected. Her first book, “Mai Tai Butterfly” became a #1 Kindle ebook bestseller in the Travel category. Her “Islands of Aloha” mystery series features stories set in each of the major Hawaiian islands, starting with Maui. She’s completed two of the series, “Maui Widow Waltz” and “Livin’ Lahaina Loca,” and is now working on “Lana’i of the Tiger.”

October Crime Speaker: Nora Rankin on DNA

Nora Rankin, senior criminalist in the Forensic Biology (DNA) Section of the Tucson Police Department’s Crime Lab, first will present a short history of forensic DNA before explaining types of DNA analysis, how DNA is processed in the laboratory, and the use of DNA databases in solving crimes. She also will talk about some interesting cases.

Since joining the lab in 1989, Ms. Rankin has worked more than 900 DNA cases and has testified in court on over 120 cases with DNA. She is also the local CODIS (DNA database) administrator. Her hobbies include reading mysteries!

Any questions please use the contact buttons at website: www.tucsonsistersincrime.org 

Viscount Hotel 4855 East Broadway Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85711
Meeting date: Oct 20 10:00 am to 2p.m.
Includes Lunch
Members: $20.00
Non-members: $25.00
Please go to the website for reservations and PayPal link: http://www.tucsonsistersincrime.org/
Any questions please use the contact button at website.


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